Tue January 8, 2013
Dutrow Racing Ban Upheld by New York Court
New York's top court has refused to hear another appeal by a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer on his 10-year ban from the sport for equine drug violations in that state.
The Court of Appeals, without comment , is denying Rick Dutrow Jr.'s request that the judges consider another appeal of the 2011 decision by the Racing and Wagering Board. The action appears to be the end of the appeals process for Dutrow.
In October, the same court rejected his constitutional appeal claiming his rights to a fair proceeding were violated by the appearance of bias by board Chairman John Sabini. Sabini is also an officer of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which advocated revoking Dutrow's license. Dutrow trained Big Brown to Derby and Preakness wins in 2008.
He was denied a Kentucky racing license in 2011, with the racing commission citing his previous suspensions for rules violations. None involved the Derby-winning horse.